Share This Page

Murrysville Council works to get residential areas connected to trail system

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:41 p.m.

The majority of Murrysville residents now live within 1 mile of a walking trail, park or reserve, officials said.

Murrysville council Wednesday reviewed a 2012 proposal by the municipal trails committee that recommended that 90 percent of homes be located near parklands or trails.

“If we're not there, we're very close to having most of the residential areas within a mile,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said.

The proposal suggested creating trails connecting each subdivision in the municipality, as well as developing larger trails throughout the municipality.

But not all residents want a trail near their backyard, councilmen Josh Lorenz and Dave Perry said. Perry once lived near Townsend Park and recalled walkers wandering into his yard.

“A lot of residents are going to resist having strangers that close to their property,” Perry said.

Officials plan to instead focus on expanding larger trails, as needed, but will connect two or three smaller trails when the opportunity arises.

Council revisted the trails plan, originally submitted in March 2012 at the request of the comprehensive plan committee. The group had been in favor of developing highly usable trails that would connect across the municipality, Council President Joan Kearns, a member of that committee, said.

Morrison said the public works department has begun putting up signs along several key trail crossings and main bike trail routes.

Any expansion will help improve safety for joggers, bikers and drivers, Lorenz said.

“I don't know anybody that is not in favor of having a good place for the bikers and joggers to go rather than the road,” Lorenz said. “It's certainly safer for them, as well as those who are driving along the roadway.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.